Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Summer reading goes digital

Thanks to a partnership between the Delaware Department of Education and Delaware Libraries, public school kids have access to books through the Sora reading app.

Students can access summer reading titles (and more) from their tablet or Chromebook.

(Photo by Pexels user Julia M Cameron, used under a Creative Commons license)

Summer is here, and rarely have summer reading assignments been so important, with students facing learning loss due to two school years disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In response, the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) has partnered with Delaware Libraries to give all K-12 public school students in the state access to online books through the OverDrive Education Sora student reading app. The DDOE invested federal Elementary & Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds for the program.

Students won’t just be able to access their required reading books, they’ll also have access to educational and recreational books, including Smile, The Crossover, Miles Morales, New Kid, The Baby-Sitters Club series, Pete the Cat series, One of Us Is Lying, I Survived series, A Scarf for Keiko and Concrete Rose. Students will also have access to Delaware Public Libraries’ digital titles through Sora, which will automatically filter content to only include age-appropriate titles based on each student’s grade level.

Families of public school students will receive sign-on credentials through their schools. Once signed on, they can access books from any digital device 24 hours a day from anywhere.

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